BEL MOONEY: Why does the BBC care so much more about diversity than viewers' complaints over sex and violence?

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BEL MOONEY: Why does the BBC care so much more about diversity than viewers' complaints over sex and violence?

Post by Didge on Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:33 am

The BBC has always prided itself on fairness. Even-handed neutrality is required of reporters and political commentators.

That's why the term 'Reithian values' has become a byword for the finest public service broadcasting, because the first director-general, John Reith, believed the BBC's role was to 'inform, educate and entertain'.

Please note, he did not intend the great institution — which we all pay for and therefore have a stake in — to be an agent of change, still less revolution. Social engineering has never been a part of its charter. So what are those of us who care deeply about the BBC to make of the bizarre propaganda (disguised as idealism) uttered by the BBC's Head of Diversity, Tunde Ogungbesan?

A survey of BBC staff has revealed that 417 of them are transgender — with 11 per cent identifying broadly as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. This compares with only 2 per cent in the UK population as a whole. But it's not enough for Mr Ogungbesan.

He says he does not regard the BBC as diverse enough, claiming more lesbians are needed — presumably to make up one of the absurd quotas that seem to rule modern life. (Do they actually hire on talent alone, or do you have to tick the right sexual box to get a job these days?)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5911581/Why-does-BBC-care-diversity-complaints-sex-violence.html

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